Aug 1, 2017

Kitchen Makeover : Project Kitchen Pt 2

I still cannot believe that it took me just one month to complete my kitchen makeover. Continuing from where I left off in the last post, my second concrete top for the sink turned out beautifully, in fact now that all three pieces are done, I can say that the sink piece came out the most perfect.

Tho ... the plumbing took me quite a bit to get right. To be exact about 4 hours plus going back and forth the hardware store to get the correct stuff. Luckily the hardware store is just outside my condo.

Never done this before

Cutting a hole on the stainless steel sink for the faucet outlet ... the day when sparks flew!

This part is the most difficult to get right. The angles were tricky.

But ahhhh ... WATER at last!
I had to put a bowl underneath the plumbing for a week just in case of leakage due to my inexperience. Fortunately, nothing happened and all is well :)

And voila!

And finally my final piece of concrete countertop went in with the help of some muscles ... my 2 brothers and husband!

Next stage is to complete the backsplash. I wanted the industrial theme and so I went with chalkboard. I measured up the wall with paper and used it as a template to cut the holes for the electrical outlets in the plywood which I wanted to use as chalkboard.

I got a chalkboard recipe of 1 part unsanded grout + 3 parts latex paint from youtube and proceeded to paint the ply.

I then torched and painted some pine planks to make a feature wall.

And here is the final result of my kitchen makeover :)

Featuring the feature wall
The dark side of the moon ... oops the counter

And the chalkboard says ...
A quote by Jacob Nordby, tho I changed it to represent my family
Some gear imprints I added on the concrete. You can also see the imprints on the wood as I framed the backsplash with the wood I used to make the form of the countertop.
These "bolts" are fake. I soldered nuts onto washers and spray painted them black to resemble a bolt. And then stuck some mini watch gears on some of them

I scattered the fake bolts around the wood frame, some to hid screws
Made an extra chalkboard for the girls to play with
I must say that I am pretty pleased with the results!


  1. WOW! Amazing!!!!! No wonder you made the Elven Door look so good!

  2. The whole effect is fantastic Luthien! Well done you!! :)

  3. Wow, such a wonderful article to read. Thank you so much for your supplied information about home improvement. Is it a wise decision to hire a professional? Can I do it by myself? I will wait for your reply.

  4. That is such an impressive makeover Luthien! You had a clear vision of what you wanted and just went for it. I just finished a kitchen and it was hard work. But yours is a masterpiece!

    1. Thank you so much Mary! I am sure your kitchen turned out beautiful too :) Hard work always pays off :)

  5. Hi, read about you in The Star today and just had to check out your blog. Wowwwww!! Truly hats off to you for pulling it off. Your kitchen looks great. Charming and practical. Well done Winnie!

    1. thank you so much Shafiqa :) It was quite nerve wrecking but fun at the same time :)

  6. i read about your makeover in the STAR. Awesome!!! keep it up and share more with us.

  7. Keep the balls rolling!! Nice posts you have given for us.

  8. Understand the fully cured cement slab is very heavy but I am wondering have you done anything to ensure the cemented slab doesnt move? Thanks

    1. hi Francis,
      I didn't. The slabs are really quite solidly in place hasn't moved a cm. But I reckon you can add silicone or liquid nails for a better grip.

    2. So what you mean just to squeeze some silicone on top of the area where I want to place the cement slabs? By the way do you know what type of the coating that gives the glossy and waterproof to the cement? I saw many did cemented floor has that kind of clear-glossy coat/sealant/primer. Thanks again.

    3. Yes to question one.
      Yes, I am sure it is a sealant. Maybe you can go to ACE hardware, there must be some imported high gloss sealant for concrete. if not then you can also use a high gloss sealant for Stone/slate. I think PYE has one slate sealant. I used that to seal my old toilet floor tiles. Waterproof. But needs to be resealed every 2 years if high traffic area. Stinks and burns the eyes tho. UGH ... smells a lot like polyurethane. And maybe it is!!! Just packaged and sold in a different manner.


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